Green Homes Grant
What is the Green Homes Grant?
Earlier this year, the Government launched its £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme. This offers homeowners and residential landlords the chance to apply for vouchers to put towards the cost of making energy efficient improvements to their property.
The scheme allows homeowners and landlords in England to claim vouchers to cover two-thirds of the cost of eligible improvements up to £5,000, or up to a maximum of £10,000 for low-income households. The value of the vouchers will be paid by the Government to the tradesperson carrying out the work.
How does the scheme work?
The Green Homes Grant is split into primary and secondary measures.
At least one primary measure must be installed to allow the voucher to be used to cover the cost of any secondary measures. The amount received for the cost of secondary measures can’t exceed the amount used for primary measures. The vouchers cover costs for labour, materials and VAT. All improvements must be completed by 31st March 2021.
What’s included in the scheme?
The Green Homes Grant must be used to install at least one of the below primary measures, before installing any secondary measures.
- Internal or external solid wall insulation
- Cavity wall insulation
- Under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor)
- Loft insulation
- Flat roof insulation
- Pitched roof insulation
- Room in roof insulation
- Insulating a park home
Low carbon heat:
- Air source heat pump
- Ground source heat pump
- Solar thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector)
- Biomass boiler
- Hybrid heat pump
Windows and doors:
- Draught proofing
- Double or triple glazing (where replacing single glazing)
- Secondary glazing (in addition to single glazing)
- Energy efficient replacement doors (replacing single glazed or solid doors installed before 2002)
Heating controls and insulation:
- Hot water tank thermostat
- Hot water tank insulation
- Heating controls (such as appliance thermostats, smart heating controls, zone controls, intelligent delayed start thermostat, thermostatic radiator valves)
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Frequently asked questions
To make use of the scheme and become a certified installer, you must first be TrustMark registered and then register to be a Green Homes Installer on the Government’s website. If you install low carbon heat measures such as heat pumps, you must also be an MCS Certified Contractor. Full guidance on becoming a registered Green Homes Grant installer and carrying out work under the scheme is available. Once you’re registered, you’ll be added to a directory of TrustMark registered installers so homeowners can easily contact you for a quote.
Your customers can check the amount they are eligible for on the Government’s website. The general scheme covers two-thirds of the cost of improvements up to a maximum of £5,000. Some households receiving certain benefits can apply for a voucher to cover 100% of the costs, up to the value of £10,000. You can only start work once your customer has been issued with a voucher.
Once your customer has applied for their voucher and arranged for the work to be carried out by you, they must input your details on the Government portal. The vouchers expire after three months or on 31st March 2021, whichever is earlier. When the work is complete, you’ll need to confirm you’ve received any customer contribution first. Your customer will need to redeem their voucher and confirm the work has been completed satisfactorily. The value of your voucher will then be paid by the Government directly to you, on your customer’s behalf. You'll be paid within five working days.
- Boiler replacements/repairs
- Solar PV
- Installing insulation to new extensions built to current building regulations, extensions without building permission or planning permission, extensions and conservatories without fixed heating, or outbuildings
No, the Green Homes Grant is only available in England.
If you’re a residential landlord, you can use a Green Homes Grant voucher to put towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your properties.
The Government estimates that quality insulation and other energy efficient measures can help homeowners save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.
If you’re a residential landlord in the private rented or social sector (including local authority owned homes), you can apply for the Green Homes Grant scheme. Before applying, check your eligibility on the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website.
No, the Green Homes Grant is only available in England. However, a similar scheme called Nest is available in Wales.
The grant covers primary home improvements, including installing insulation and low carbon heating measures, as well as secondary measures, such as installing double and triple glazing, draught proofing and heating controls.
No, boiler replacements and repairs are not covered by the Green Homes Grant.
No, the Green Homes Grant does not cover solar PV installations. Solar thermal heating systems are included as a primary measure.
It’s quick and easy to apply for the grant on the Government’s website. Once you’ve been issued with a voucher, your installation work can begin. However, all work must be completed by 31st March 2021 to redeem your voucher. When you redeem your voucher, the grant is paid directly to your installer on your behalf.
You can find a directory of registered installers in your area on the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) website.
You need to confirm the following:
- The installation was completed satisfactorily before 31st March 2021
- You’ve received the necessary documents from the installer
- You’ve paid your share of the costs to the installer, if applicable